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Man charged with murdering woman, 5-year-old son

Antonio Lewis  |  Chicago Police photo

Antonio Lewis | Chicago Police photo

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Updated: August 2, 2013 1:51AM

An 18-year-old man was charged Thursday in the fatal shootings of a mother and her 5-year-old son in Back of the Yards neighborhood.

Antonio Lewis, of the 5500 block of South Winchester, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder, according to Chicago Police News Affairs. Lewis has been hospitalized since he was injured in a shooting less than 24 hours after the double murder.

Chevonne Brown, 31, and her son, Sterling Sims, 5, were shot about 2:40 a.m. June 28 in a house in the 5300 block of South Winchester, police said. Lewis attempted to shoot Brown’s 11-year-old son, but his weapon malfunctioned, police said.

About 9:10 p.m. the same day, Lewis was shot in the groin, back and neck while standing on a sidewalk in the 2800 block of West Arthington, authorities said. He was taken in critical condition to Mount Sinai Hospital. Lewis remains hospitalized and will not appear in bond court, police said.

Relatives said Brown lived with her mother until about three months ago, when she moved in with a boyfriend.

Doris Sims, the boy’s paternal grandmother, called Sterling “a really nice kid.”

She said her daughter was a dedicated mother who put her children first.

“She loved her kids,” Doris Sims said. “Any time you’d see her, she was with her kids.”

Lewis was charged with aggravated unlawful use of a weapon and possession of a controlled substance in December 2012, records show. A month before that, he also was arrested on another drug charge, unlawful use of a weapon and not having a firearm owner ID card.

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